Well I have to say that Blackpool did not disappoint, three days on from the start of the excellent ALBUM conference hosted in fine style by Blackpool Transport . I am still coming to terms with some of the great if not sometimes challenging presentations that I observed, along with the usual joy of meeting friends both old and new .

As they say in these northern parts t was a reet good do, and to be fair it was. It had all that you might expect at a prestigious gathering of both operators and many suppliers with a healthy dose of key decision makers rubbing shoulders at both work and play.

As for me and my mate Chris, who like me was representing CILT we had a very worthwhile time recruiting a number of new corporate members and a new sponsor for Busmark who interestingly came from the world of recruitment. Great to see a real change in gaining a whole new angle from the supplier world. We also engaged with a fair few new individuals who are keen to join. But, more importantly we were seen and have become a key part of the Bus and Coach landscape.

One of the highlights of the packed event was listening to what was to be the last speech from Mrs Beverley Bell who finishes as the Senior Traffic Commissioner after 17 years at the end of the month. She was I thought a class act, simple as that, really funny, honest, passionate, and full of good old fashioned North West common sense. Beverley has in my view been outstanding and we owe her a debt of thanks as an industry.

She will not be disappearing from the scene I am delighted to report and will stay on as a TC, but she has a whole new and in my view vital part to play in moving the image of the industry onwards and upwards at the highest levels of government. This is long overdue and i honestly cannot think of a bettter person for this key role.

So, well done Beverley and well done Jane the MD at Blackpool Transport she brought as you might expect glamour and glitz to the ALBUM event and there was not one kiss me quick hat to be seen.